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Matthew Stenger (MatthewStenger) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale its flat but its home
About Me Been hiking my whole life but only recently got in to backpacking. Thru hiked the AT NoBo last year. Best experience of my life. Now planning on SoBoing the CDT in 2015.
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My PDF Gear ListCDT SoBo June 17th 2015

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load transfer to hips
I imagine it would be all about finding a pack that does a good job of transferring the load to your hips. I have heard that the SMD Fusion series does a good job at that, maybe give them a go. ...

In GEAR » Pack that doesn't lead to shoulder pain
March 01, 7:13pm

Re: Carrying Olive Oil
I carried olive oil in the plastic bottles it comes in the entire length of the AT and never had problems with leaking. Unless you are concerned about a slight difference in grams, just use the ...

In GEAR » Carrying Olive Oil
March 01, 4:16pm

My thoughts
The zero is too minimal for a thru hike. Get a Gossamer Gear pack if you really want to go frameless. I'd go with the ULA though. Those packs are bomber. I used an 30 degree EE quilt startin...

In Gear Lists » AT mid-March
March 01, 2:09am

Re: Overall solid list
Brian - I'll be carrying a Black Diamond Raven ice axe. I have yet to buy the crampons, but I am thinking some by CAMP. Currently debating steel vs aluminum. I am aware I may have to start a...

In Gear Lists » Help me lighten up for the CDT
February 28, 10:08pm

Quilt style sleeping bag liner?
Wondered if anyone here had ever done this before and how it worked out. I have some silk to make a liner out of, and I had thought of doing it quilt style for easy of use.

In Make Your Own Gear » Quilt style sleeping bag liner?
February 28, 2:25pm

Re: Re: Help me lighten up for the CDT
I don't, no. I already have the tarp and its light and modular, and with the doors it should give me more protection than your typical rectangular tarp. Plan to get some practice with it ...

In Gear Lists » Help me lighten up for the CDT
February 27, 11:02am

Rain gear
What do you guys think about dropping the rain jacket and pants in WY and NM while carrying the umbrella? That seems like a compromise for weight but I am afraid MT and CO will be too cold to no...

In Gear Lists » Help me lighten up for the CDT
February 27, 1:29am

Re: Re: 1/8th inch pad
I don't have dessert experience but would a tyvek groundsheet provide adequate protection for a x-lite?

In Gear Lists » pct thru hike
February 27, 1:01am

Re: Yama Mountain Gear - Cirriform Cuben Tent
Switched to what? I have seen you post about this tent several times and semi-regret selling mine that I bought used and resold without using but this is the first I have seen you say that you h...

In Gear Lists » pct thru hike
February 27, 12:51am

Re: Green River Lakes
I do use poles, but there are DIY methods of attaching a umbrella to your pack. I had thought of trying to see if a Green River Lake resupply was possible, maybe I will try to look into that. ...

In Gear Lists » Help me lighten up for the CDT
February 26, 4:31pm

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